10 July 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Confessions of a Serial Kisser by Wendelin Van Draanen

My 10-year-old daughter and I choose a book to read together now and then. We read the book and then go out to breakfast to talk about the book. Our own little “book club” (only with bacon instead of wine). We read Flipped earlier this year and we both enjoyed it so much we decided to find another book by this author. It led us to this book and we thought it sounded fun and interesting so off we went…

It’s an interesting enough story and there’s a little bit of a message in there about judging others, placing blame and how your actions define you. I had to reach a bit to pull those out though, sadly.

As an adult, I could recognize the main characters actions for what they were. Unfortunately, this will be lost on pre-teens and most teenagers. My daughter was a little put off by it and I had to lead her down the path of maybe why she acted out in the way that she did.

While I get the funny and all that stuff, I thought the main characters actions were completely out of context and no believable in the least. It’s a good concept and story, but the execution left a lot to be desired.

Not a terrible book, just not all that fabulous.

Recommended for older teens.

EVANGELINE LOGAN WANTS a kiss. A spectacular, heart-stopping, life changing kiss. Somehow The Crimson Kiss (a romance novel she’s become obsessed with) and Four Steps to Living Your Fantasy (a self-help book she’s reading) have fused in Evangeline’s mind and sent her on a quest for a kiss. But the path to perfection is paved with many bad kisses—the smash mouth, the ear licker, the “misser.” The phrase “I don’t kiss and tell” means nothing to the boys in her school. And worse: someone starts writing her name and number on bathroom walls. And worst of all: the boy she’s just kissed turns out to be her best friend’s new crush. Kissing turns out to be way more complicated than the romance novels would have you believe . . .

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Book count for 2013: 27

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